FREE Gifts

Free gifts can be the favorites!

The holiday season is here and for most of us that means trying to find the right gift for our special someone. After you've braved the crowds and wrapped the presents, take a few more minutes to plan a less expensive gift. This gift will likely mean more than anything you can find online!
This holiday season, give the gift of affection. Here's how:

WRITING IS YOUR GIFT
There are many ways to show affection, but written expressions of love can be especially meaningful. Whether it's a simple note left on the mirror or an elaborate poem that declares your love, written words of expression are guaranteed to strengthen a relationship.

If you were to write a poem for your special someone, what would it say? Here are a few lines to get you started.

When I look at you, I see…
When I hear your voice, I remember…
My heart feels…
My soul knows…


FOLLOW UP IS YOUR GIFT
Affection can be mistaken for sexual closeness, therefore couples can often benefit from an expanded view of what it means to give affection. Strong relationships have frequent demonstrations of tenderness and care—that don't involve a sexual encounter. (Although we know sex is great too!)

Talk to your partner about the different ways that you could include more demonstrations of warmth and physical closeness in your relationship. Take turns finishing these sentences:

I would love it, if we could add more _____ to our relationship.
(For example: Hand-holding, walks in the park, cuddling on the couch, back rubs, etc.)
I would love it if we spent time…
It would mean a lot to me if we could…


Now be sure to follow through on your partner's requests. That's your gift!

REMEMBERING IS YOUR GIFT
Remember some of the most romantic moments that you've shared with your partner. Choose one of those memories and describe it in detail: Where did this memory take place? What sparked the romance? What words were said? What made it special? Celebrate your experience of genuine love and romance. Set aside some time to remember out loud with your partner. Invite them to join you for a walk or some quiet moments at home. Begin the reminiscing with words like these:

I felt loved in those moments with you because…
That time was so perfect for me because…
I knew that I loved you because…


TELLING IS YOUR GIFT
For this gift, think of ways you could express your affection for your partner, but then share it with the world.
  • Announce your love for your spouse on social media.
  • Share your love for them in front of their parents.
  • Express your love for your sweet-heart in front of the kids or your friends.

Choose two or more of the sentence starters below and share your heart-felt responses with your partner—with others listening in. (By the way, if verbalizing your feelings is difficult for you, it's perfectly OK to write your responses first.)

I couldn't imagine my world without you because…
Having you as my _____ is so special because…
You are precious to me because…
The longer I'm with you, the more I feel…
My love for you grows deeper every day because…


Remember: In strong relationships, couples are intentional about communicating their love; they don't assume their loved one knows how they feel. Give, give, and then give again. After all, these gifts are FREE!

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